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About Chéri Chérin
Chéri Chérin was born in 1955 in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic Congo, formerly called Zaire). He studied at the Academie des Beaux Arts in Kinshasa under the Austrian ceramics-artist Peter Weihs. During this time Chéri Chérin started to paint posters in his residential-quarter Ndjili.
He started, like most painters in Congo, to paint advertisements and doing canvases for commercial purposes. Chérin created murals on the walls of bars, barbershops and small boutiques. Impressive pictures of daily life but also with very serious contents.
His colorful canvases, painted with oil paint, overflow life, and are not devoid of a certain irony, which can sometimes be squeaky. They represent the society in Congo as well as more international subjects, such as the end of the Apartheid in South Africa.
Today Cherin is one of the best known painters in Kinshasa and a teacher to many young talented artists.
Being in the shadow of Moké and Chéri Samba for a long time, Chéri Chérin is recognized for his participation in the Africa Remix exhibition in 2005. In 2015, his most emblematic pieces were presented at the "Beauté Congo-Congo Kitoko" exhibition by the Cartier Foundation, in Paris.
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